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Former Conservative MP Teresa Gorman dies aged 83

Teresa Gorman pictured in 2001. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Teresa Gorman, a leading Tory rebel MP over the Maastricht Treaty in the 1990s, has died aged 83, her family said.

Ms Gorman trained as a teacher before being elected to represent Billericay in Essex in 1987, a seat she held until 2001.

She was a prominent figure in the rebellions over Europe that nearly brought down John Major's government - having the Conservative whip withdrawn for refusing to back the EC Finance Bill in 1994.


What is the effect of growing migration on Britain?

Critics claim Britain is now a "borderless" country as figures showed net migration has hit a record high.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics showed net migration for the year to March 2015, was 330,000, up 40% on the previous year.

Some experts claim the figures are a sign of a growing UK economy.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills looks into the "migration effect" on Britain.

917,000 National Insurance numbers for foreign nationals

A total of 917,000 foreign nationals registered for a national insurance number in the 12 months to June, official figures show.

Number of people from overseas who registered for a national insurance number in the year to June

The figure was almost two thirds (62%) higher than the same period last year.

Three quarters of the total registrations - 697,000 - were for citizens from EU citizens - an increase of 66% compared with the previous year.

Number of EU citizens who registered for national insurance number in the UK

Romanians accounted for the most, with 170,000, followed by Poles with 128,000. There were 44,000 for Bulgarians.

The most common nationality allocated an NI number from outside the EU was Indian, with 40,000, the figures from the Office for National Statistics show.


Cooper: PM needs to stop immigration target 'dishonesty'

Yvette Cooper said a 'sensible plan' is needed to tackle immigration targets. Credit: PA

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said the record net migration figures show the prime minister "needs to stop the dishonesty over his failed immigration target and replace it with a sensible plan instead which properly separates immigration and asylum".

She added: "All his overblown rhetoric has achieved is a decline in public confidence as the electorate are faced with more broken promises."

Nigel Farage: 'We are living in a borderless Britain'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said new figures which reveal net migration to Britain is at a record high, show "we are living in a borderless Britain".

"The government have no power whatsoever to stop anybody coming into Britain from the European Union. We have net migration now running at ten times its historical post-war average and that's if you believe the figures", he added.

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